Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Classroom Progress 2012

I am not quite ready for the big reveal yet, but I do have quite a few pictures of the progress I am making in my classroom!

Just so you know I have no control over the color of the classroom walls, cabinets, or counter tops.  My biggest hurdle is tying in the existing color scheme with my new vision of how I want it to feel.   Baby poo yellow, motley maroon, and nauseated green would not be my first choice.

New front of room and word wall.  Alphabet and word wall letters by Katie from Queen of The First Grade Jungle  Katie is So WONDERFUL and she has many different sets/colors with even more than you see here. 

 This is a close up of one side of the word wall.  I put that black credenza thingy together myself! I am planning to recover the little ottoman stool in gray chevron.  Have the fabric just haven't gotten to that yet.
Here's a different angle.  I want to show you my new class rug!  It was a STEAL! 
 I am SO overly excited about it.    Is it big enough for 24 first graders?  Not sure.  
But is it cute enough for 24 first graders?  Oh yes!
 Here's my daily 5 board.  I am not going to have these anchor charts up until we have gone through the process of making them in class, but I wanted to see how it was going to look once they were up.
 My pixy sticks arrived and I finished off that project.  Here's a few links of where you can see more on birthday balloons.
Making the Birthday Balloons
 This is not a finished picture, but it will house my working with words materials for each week.  The signs will read, working with words...(they are not right in the picture)  A girl can change her mind!!! 
 Here's another angle.  I will also have some writing materials here, but more to come on my Author's At Work area...{Remember the signs will say Working With Words}
 Next up...Science center!  I always start with my Discovery Bottles.  Talk about getting kids excited about the Science Center!  More on Discovery Bottles.
 Here are my empty math tubs.  Our first experience will be exploration, so these will be full of manipulatives for each group to practice and play with while learning my math tub expectations.  I plan to go in depth on how I set up math tubs soon after school starts since I have had a lot of questions about it!
 This is a picture of that entire back counter area.  I am still dealing with lamp choice and how to hide cords once I choose the right lamps.  For now it is just showing you the soft light...Please ignore the towering lamps and white cordage all over.
 My class library area.  I am cropping this one big time.  I am not ready for the full reveal here, but again picture decorative pillows, a cute chevron fabric covered ottoman, and matching curtains to pull everything together.  It took me FOR.EV.A. to get my books all in their bins with their matching labels...But now that it is done I want to jump for joy when I look at this library!
 Here's a little closer view of the library.  In each tub I still have the labels waiting to be stuck on each book.  They match the book bin label so every book will have a picture and a word showing where it goes. More on Classroom Library Labels.

 My mom promised to sit and just label the books for me one day.  Moment of silence for my mom...........<3
 Here's a close view of the book bin and labels
ok mostly I just wanted you to see my favorite lamp.  
 My teacher area is coming along nicely.  My friend  Wersty borrowed my googly eyes drawer from my teacher toolbox, but other than that....
 This is m rocker that used to be chippy and green.  I gave it a fresh new life with spray paint.  When it is on the new gray rug it makes me squeal with happiness.  :) 
My big book tub used to be blue and the pointer tub was red with polka dots.  I spray painted both.


 My wonderful mom has been plugging away at my cupboards for me.  I can't show you the before picture due to embarrassment, but check out my math manipulatives now!  There's even room to grow baby!
 closer view
 Here is my art cupboard...it was ridiculous.  Now it is SO organized.  I even added labels to each tub...but forgot to take a picture of that.
 Genius boy checked the mountain of headphones out for me so we could get rid of all the broken ones!
 Well there's still 4,768,931 more projects to complete in this room but it's bliss to me!
More to come.....

122 comments:

  1. Looks amazing!! I am so jealous of all your cabinets!
    Vickie

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  2. OMG... your classroom looks like something out of a magazine!! I love it Reagan!! It's absolutely perfect!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. Can I have your room please!? I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you have given me a wonderful new way to do my word wall. :)

    -Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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  4. Reagan!!!!!!!! It is beautiful! I forgot how much I love your room with all its storage! Everything looks perfecto. Love love love love love.

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  5. Those two arm chairs totally say..."Hello, and welcome to Barnes and Noble!" PRESH! I'm dying over here. Love you AND your amazing talent, sweet friend.


    Lyndsey

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  6. Gosh, if this is only 1/2 ready...then I can't wait for the reveal! I want to be a kid in our room:)
    Elizabeth

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  7. WOW! I loved your room last year and now this....how much would it cost me to fly you and your mom for an organizational and decorational overhaul? You could hire yourself out if you ever wanted to stop being a teacher! You have the BEST sense of classroom style. Love the pics! Keep 'em coming! :)
    Catherine

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  8. I love it all!!! You are doing a fantastic job! What is holding your big books and where did you get it? I've been scheming on a way to hold my big books and this looks like a perfect idea. Details please!

    Meghan
    First Grade with a Cherry on Top

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  9. You are amazing! I can't believe how nice your furniture is!!! I have been teaching for 25 years and have a hodge podge of stuff. VERY jealous. LOVE the rug too and all the colors look great!! Can't wait to see what else you get done.
    Diane
    Made for 1st grade

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  10. It's absolutely gorgeous Reagan! I need a better word really!! That word wall looks incredible! And that carpet...

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  11. Your room looks awesome!!!!!!! Fantastic!!!!!

    You certainly inspire me to go work in my room tomorrow. I raced over and bought the chevron alphabet and number set. I like the way you have labeled everything!

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  12. It. Looks. Marvelous Daaaaling (in my best Zsa Zsa Gabor french voice). You have working really hard. I want to be in your classroom. Can't wait for more pictures!
    Yolanda
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

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  13. I want to be in your room! ADORABLE! Also, I am dying to know where you got that rug. I am looking for one just like that for my bedroom!

    Mary
    Adventures in Kindergarten

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  14. It looks awesome!!!! Seriously! Warm and cozy, like I want to curl up in one of those chairs and read a book!!! Love it! Can't believe you can have so many lamps....I'll probably get written up for one...lol! Love it, love it!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  15. Okay, I don't know how to say this but I totally have a room crush on your room. It's cohesive, organized, thoughtful, fun but sophisticated, and either your room is huge or there is photographic magic...either way...looks great. Also jealous of your storage.

    Maybe instead of lamps you can get those touch lights and mount them under the cabinets so the soft light shines down.

    I look forward to seeing the rest. Maybe you can shoot a video tour!

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader...

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  16. Holy smokes!!! Your room looks AMAZING! So much storage! And that desk - to die for! Kudos!

    Susan
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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  17. that sure looks great! I'm super jealous of your cupboards and library!

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  18. WOW you may have just become my hero!! That looks AMAZING and I am so impressed with how much you have gotten done... I have gotten NOTHING done!
    Taylor
    BakingCraftingTeaching Oh My!

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  19. That looks amazing!!! I absolutely LOVE your reading area! SO adorable! I love the mini-grown up chairs! I also love your desk space! My desk has been waxes around so many times that it was stuck to the floor when I got my classroom :( I wish I could move it and do something cute like that!

    Bridget
    Little Lovely Leaders

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  20. I love your colors and your rug is to die for. Come link up to my linky and you could win a class set of yellow and gray names.
    http://www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/07/dollar-days-day-3.html

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  21. DANG GIRL!!!!!! Leather chairs in your classroom!!!!!?!?!??!?! HOLY AMAZING!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful! I want to be in there!!

    Christa
    sweetlifeofsecondgrade

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  23. Oh my gosh girl! SUPER DUPER LOOOOVE!!!
    Looks fantastic :)
    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  24. LOVE IT!! What font did you use?

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  25. I want to come learn in your room! It is so cozy and cute. How about you come decorate mine next? ;)

    Angi
    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

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  26. looks sooooo cozy and well organized! good work, can't wait for the big reveal!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  27. Holy cow! It looks like a professional office! What an awesome room. It looks great :)

    Bonnie
    Living A Wonderful Life

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  28. Can you come and decorate my room? I love your style. That word wall is to die for. I love the colors and of course your yellow rocking chair.
    ஐRikki
    The Hive

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  29. Wow Reagan your room looks AH-MAZ-ING! I want to come and live in your room!!!! Pretty please? :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  30. I want to curl up and read a book in your classroom! Looks fantastic!!

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  31. Your room looks great. I am jealous of all your built in storage. I can't wait to see what the final product looks like.

    BeverlyAnn
    Fun and Learning in First

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  32. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
    I LOVE your room.

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  33. I couldn't possibly love it more if I tried!! Gorgeous!

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

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  34. oh Reagan it is just gorgeous!
    I now forgive you for not answering my text! ....kidding...kidding....
    if you ever decide not to teach- you should go into interior design! you are FREAKIN' AWESOME!! ccan we call this glitzy transitional?

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  35. I love how "homey" and warm your room feels! Gosh- I'd be happy for my house to look like that! :)

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  36. It's THE ROOM OF ALL ROOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic!!

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  37. Love it, can you send your mom my way, mine is were I inherited my disorganization from. LOL....You are so NOT lying about the library process...of course the SMART thing to do would be make the books match your library (which I WILL do for mine) but my coworker already started hers, and I don't think I have spent so much time with making labels BLECH...and I am a labeling queen...and sadly we are still doing it....PROMISE it is wonderful after it is all done...LOL....can't wait for the big reveal!

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  38. Love it! The new word wall is so awesome! Now I wish I had put strips of paper for each letter like that, but it's already done for this year. Maybe next year!

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  39. I LOVE your classroom! Your first graders are so lucky to be in such a stylin' place. It's kind of sad that your classroom puts my home to shame... haha!

    Loose Shoelaces

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  40. I LOVE your word wall! The rest of your room is looking good too.

    Jeremy Michelbook
    mrmichelbooksclass.blogspot.com

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  41. I LOVE your word wall! The rest of your room is looking good too.

    Jeremy Michelbook
    mrmichelbooksclass.blogspot.com

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  42. Love your classroom especially your word wall and rug! Very cute!!!!!

    Shelly

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  43. LOVE. It is so sophisticated and I love your use of lamps!

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  44. OH MY GOSH REGAN!! How awesome are you?? I LOVE your room...in fact I think I want to move right in:) Now enough is enough...stop making us all feel bad;) LOVE!!

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  45. Reagan...where is your email? I have to ask you a question.

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  46. Yowza! I can't believe how organized you are! I. LOVE. YOUR. ROOM!!! I love everything about it - colors, labels, bins, you name it. Way to go, Girl!

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  47. OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG.... I am soooooo amazed. You are amazing! I kept scrolling down with my jaw dropped! Wow, I love your classroom. You have done such a great job, I wish I could see your student's faces when they walk in on day on! I'm going to share this on my FB page. I am sure that you will inspire many other teachers. I love setting up my room but am no where as good as you and I mean, no where as good!!! Good on you, you must feel better now it's mostly done. I especially like your computer area and also your teacher area oh, and your library!!!! I often wonder if it could be a viable business! I think that many probably wondered the same thing as the TpT concept! Thanks so much for your wonderful post, I will never forget it. Emma Farrell :)

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  48. Love it!!!! So jealous!!! I just started. Amd I don't have ottomans. And only one lamp.
    You're good. :)

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  50. OMG!This is a dreamy classroom!!!!I love it!!I want to teach in there!!!Vicky-Greece

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  51. I am so incredibly jealous of all your cabinets, and the sheer SIZE of your classroom! It looks HUGE! Great work!

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  52. Wow! I love your birthday balloons, but I couldn't link to the "how to" by your picture. Would you please tell me about the template? Thanks for sharing!
    Donna

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  53. I absolutely love love love your room! Makes me glad that I haven't gotten into mine so I can rethink everything I was goingn to do! I have a question for you.....Did your math tub labels come from Katie at Queen of the First Grade Jungle too? I really want them!! Thanks for letting us into your room! Can't wait for more pics!!
    Sheila
    cockerill7@gmail.com

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  54. AMAZING! Are you coming to Pulaski, WI before Sept. 1st? My room would love to have your magic touch! SMILES

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  55. Oh my goodness, your room is an inspiration! What a beautiful job you have done!

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  56. What a room! It looks amazing!!! Can I be a student in your classroom?

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  57. Your classroom is AMAZING!!! I love every single part of it! Your rug is incredible! I have been looking for a rug like that but smaller for my reading corner and haven't been able to find anything reasonably priced! Where did you get yours from?? Ahhh, just seeing your room makes me excited to go in and work on mine some more today!!! Can't wait to see more pictures when you are finished!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  58. It looks so great already! So organized! That is my goal this year! =)

    Ginger Snaps

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  59. Your room is so warm and inviting! I love your Daily 5 posters.

    Marlene
    I Heart Teaching Elementary

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  60. Can I buy your Daily 5 Posters on TPT?

    Jessica
    jd.oconnell@gmail.com

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  61. Looks fantastic! I second the question about the Daily 5 posters.

    Megan
    mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

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  62. Love your room! It looks fabulous! Where can I get the math tub labels? They are perfect for my room, but I didn't see them in your shop on TpT. Thanks!

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  63. Your room looks so good!!! I am starting to stress out because I still can't get in my room!! :(

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  64. Your room looks so inviting for learning. I love it! Can't wait to see more. The library bins and labeling is awesome. I need to get on board with that!

    Marybeth
    Cialini Chat

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  65. I love the serenity and calmness of your room. It looks so cozy with the lamps. I can tell you have brought in a lot of your own furniture and I have to say it makes all the difference! I want to curl up and read in one of those comfy chairs in your library. Looking forward to the final reveal. If you have extra time (because that happens so often...please note sarcasm) and want to come help a fellow SA teacher, I'm on the east side, hehe! :)

    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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  66. Great Job! I wish my cabinets looked as tidy as yours. I also wish I had a handy headphone helper! ;)

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  67. Your room is so neat, organized and beautiful! I love seeing other teachers' classrooms!

    Kim
    mrshsresourceroom.blogspot.com

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  68. Now this looks like a home away from home!

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  69. Your classroom looks great! The kiddos are going to be so excited to come back to school :) You have given me some inspiration for this year! Thanks

    Maria
    manakans@hotmail.com

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  70. wow you sure do have a knack for color. I cant wait to get into my room

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  71. I am amazed by your classroom organization! What an inspiration to get me going! Thanks for sharing :)
    Bforbes89@gmail.com

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  72. I love your room!!! The chevron ties everything together. The room seems a peaceful and elegant place to learn - the kids are going to feel so grownup in there. Great job!!

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  73. Your room is AMAZING!!!! The furniture is to die for!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  74. I'll tell you on here, too. Absolutely FANTASTIC job. I love everything about your room... the rug, the chairs, your personal touches! Where did you get the chairs? I've been looking for something like that for a while. I actually may go thrifting so I can find some wonderful seating... because last year, I found a slightly beat-up desk at the thrift store for $10.00 or so that looks great in my meeting area. It needs some work this year. Your post inspires me in many ways, though I teach fourth grade. - Victoria (love4thgrade.blogspot.com and teachingvision.org)

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  75. Your room is fabulous! I love your library. I purchased, printed and started cutting your library labels. I can't wait for it all to come together!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  76. Wow is all I can say.....my daughter said it looks like a beautiful living room :). I am feeling very lazy in comparison, but I don't go back until after Labour Day....

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  77. Your room looks amazing - it just goes to show that you can make things work, even if the wall colours aren't ideal. Well done!!

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  78. Your room is looking great! You have just proven that even if wall, floor colours etc. aren't ideal, you can make it work, and look amazing! :)

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  79. I'm so jealous of your room. Number one, you are in there working...I can't get in mine yet. Number two you have a lot of storage. My classroom is about 80 years old and apparently teachers in the early 1930's didnt have a lot of "stuff!"
    Patty
    Prutenba@sturgisps.org

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  80. Can I just say I don't even know where to begin on commenting on your room. It looks great. I love the colors! The rug is awesome. LOVE the piece of furniture your computer is on. What great little chairs for kids to sit on!!

    It looks like it could be in a classroom design magazine...fo' sho'! LOL

    Great job!

    Susan
    polkadotroom@gmail.com

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  81. Your room is beautiful, Reagan! I don't know where you find the energy. Can you come to Vancouver Island and do mine? Pretty please :)

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  82. I would love learning in this super cute room!

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  83. My favorite parts are the soft light and the science center. I bought your library labels a few weeks ago, and I'm in the process of organizing everything. Your room looks so homey and beautiful!

    Lora
    Mrs. Webster’s Classroom Connections

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  84. Super cute!! Love the rug and big book tub heck love it all!

    Kelli

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  85. Looking at your room makes me excited to get back into mine. :) It looks marvelous!
    - Kelly Campbell :)

    kelly_burnard@hotmail.com

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  86. Wow! That looks amazing! I love how you pulled the colors together...looks very pretty!

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  87. Your classroom looks better than some living rooms! Love your use of 'real furniture' to make a warm, inviting space!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  88. Fabulous classroom- so beautiful and organized! Thanks for sharing your room and all your great ideas:-)

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  89. The chevrons are totally cute! I am also IN LOVE with the yellow rocking chair! In KG for the longest time we had rocking chairs as part of our unit supplies, but when I changed schools (opening up a brand new school) guess what they discontinued??? You got it - the cool, old school rocking chair just like yours! I have been on the lookout for a cheap one at yard sales, but so far, no luck! I will keep on searching though... lol

    Laura, sspeller@verizon.net

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  90. Oh my goodeness, your word wall is FABULOUS!!! Your classsroom looks AMAZING! Your kiddos will LOVE it!!

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  91. Love, love it! Did I miss that cute flowered fabric? The room looks so warm and cozy! Great job!

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  92. Hi Reagan! Along with all your other admirers...I am right there with them...BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS and INSPIRING!! However, I haven't read about any teachers e-mailing their administrator your classroom photos! That is until I DID!! I was so impressed with your organization and style that I set myself up for high expectations...I attached your class photos to my message (to my principal, Mrs Nelson) and told her how I am planning on my room to "look like this beautiful one!"

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  93. Your room is exquisite! I would like to be a student in your class. I know you have spent hours in creating and putting it all together. You have very lucky students!
    Chris Q.
    mrsquimbyreads.blogspot.com

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  94. Your room looks fabulous! I just was moved to a bigger classroom, so your room inspires me. I just hung my word wall around my Smartboard too....was unsure about it, but love how yours looks. Wow! Your organization is fantastic!
    Melissa :)

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  95. Can you come do my room? You are amazingly talented! Love that rocking chair, rug & your desk! Great job! :)

    Ana
    ana.gonzalez@tcu.edu

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  96. You are my inspiration!! If I can get 1/4 of that done I would be happy. Enjoy your new space!

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  97. Your room looks great! Love the colors! Very calm and inviting! Good job!
    tjulch@mpsomaha.org

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  99. YOu have an absolutely beautiful room! YOu can really see the time you have spent on it. Love it!

    I am trying to go with a red and black theme this year. I hope it comes out as good as yours did.

    Nice JoB!

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  100. Your room looks incredible! It's so crisp.

    Great Job!
    Peggy

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  101. I love how warm and inviting your classroom is for your first graders! They are so lucky :)

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  102. Love your room! That word wall? I'm can you do mine too? LOL. LOVE it all!

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  103. Your classroom is the best I have EVER seen! You are a very talented lady and I appreciate that you shared it! You have given me many ideas and I love the calm, peaceful feel your room creates. Magnificent work :)

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  104. I love the carpet!! Where did you get it?? Your room looks sensational...

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  105. All I can say is "WOW!!!!!"

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  106. Megan, I give you the happy classroom award for the decade!
    Amazing girl!
    Did you paint?
    I am now wondering if I would be allowed to paint my room.....
    If you did paint, please share the details with me!
    Thanks!
    Julie

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  107. Love your room, you have some very lucky students!! Where did you get your container for your big bucks, I NEED one!?

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  108. Room looks awesome. Wondering where you got your container for big books. Please email me response.
    Melrsdz@gmail.com

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  109. I would love to also know where you got your container for your big books! I have been looking everywhere for one. Thanks!! My e-mail is megan.peitzmeier@gmail.com.

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  110. Wow...I'm dreaming of having such a beautiful n motivating classroom for my students. It must have been costing you a lot, right ?

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  111. Are you book bin labels still for sale? I can't seem to find them and they sound like exactly what I've been looking for.

    ReddishAnn
    The ReddishBrown Crayon

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